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NSD at The Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog – Prize to Win!

Hello, happy (Inter)National Scrapbook Day!

Today I have the honour of guest posting at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog, where they are having an amazing array of challenges all weekend, on the theme of ‘Wonderful World of Color’:

Counterfeit Kit Challenge NSD Event

Make sure you keep checking as there will be a ton of chances to win prizes and gather ideas, with posts every 2 hours.

I am hosting Challenge #1… Color Your Mood!

I have a detailed post over HERE at the CKCB, about how colour can change your mood, or how your emotions can make you drawn to certain colours – and how to use this knowledge when you are scrapbooking.

Here’s the page I ended up with after trying out all kinds of colours and seeing how they made me feel…

Pony Tales:

Pony Tales by Jennifer Grace

Make sure you visit the challenge post to see all the details, and find out why I ended up with these colors!

If you join in and take my challenge to Color Your Mood then you could be in with a chance to win this prize:

CKCB Color Challenge #1 Prize - Jennifer Grace

Which includes some Heidi Swapp Color Shine Mist and some Color Magic Memory Files, Two Pots of Time Holtz Distress Powder, Some Thickers, Glitter, Chipboard Stickers, Feathers and Sequins!

You have until May the 16th to enter the challenges, so make sure you check them all out!

What will you be scrapping today? Have fun!

Jennifer x

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Beach Babes – A Counterfeit Kit Layout

Hello! I have been having some more fun with my May Counterfeit Kit!

But before I show you my latest layout, I also want to remind you that applications to be on the Counterfeit Kit Design Team are due by the 30th of May!


I have totally loved my time on the team. It really helps me dig through my stash, and the ladies are a lovely community to chat to and share ideas with. So if you think you’d like to be on the team check out all the application details HERE!

Here’s my latest page, showing a photo of my sister and my daughter, sitting on a beach as the sun was setting, a few years ago on holiday.

Beach Babes:

Beach Babes layout by Jennifer Grace

I used some Glitz Uncharted Waters items (the tape, journal card, 2 papers from the 6×6 pad), with some classy black & white paper (Crate Paper DIY Shop ‘Design’) and some American Crafts Aqua Glitter Tape – whenever I scrap a page with my sister on I feel it needs to be a bit glamorous like she is!

The punched shape was a negative cut from when I made my Halong Bay layout – this is the flip side of the paper. I lined it with white paper and put a wood veneer camera (heat embossed with black ink and clear powder) in the centre:

Beach Babes layout by Jennifer Grace

I added the little stars to these sunglasses to continue the glamour:

Beach Babes layout by Jennifer Grace

Writing on this journal card made me realise I need a new white pen, it’s totally running out! I had to go over some of the words twice!

I still have a couple more projects to share from my May kit, but I’ll save them for another day.

June will be my last month on the Counterfeit Kit DT, but it’s going to be a good one! As well as the usual kit reveal hop, there will also be a sponsor Blog Hop on the 12th – Little Blue Button stamps is going to be sponsoring the month of June!


It’s going to be lots of fun!

With so many summery scrappy things going on lately, I really wish the weather would warm up too. Come on sunshine! x

P.S. The winners of the Onwards and Upwards challenges will be announced on Thursday 23rd of May!

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Good Things Come To Those Who Wait

(This post is part of my Onwards and Upwards Blog Event)

Good morning! Today we’re starting with an adventure. Challenge #2 is now up at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog, and I thought I might have to blog my layout for it tomorrow. Then I realised it fits in just fine with the Onwards and Upwards theme, as it’s about travel, and about me achieving a long-held dream to be like a certain book character!

The challenge is to get inspired by your favourite children’s book! You can be inspired by the theme, cover, topic, style… I took several ideas from mine…

Halong Bay:

Halong Bay layout by Jennifer Grace

My page was inspired by my favourite children’s novel, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C. S . Lewis.


I love this book so much. When I was about 7 or 8 I received the set of the Narnia Chronicles books, and I devoured them! This one was my particular favourite as I wanted to be Lucy, sailing on a ship in another world, seeing mermaids, dragons and other magical creatures. I’ve always loved the sea so the thought of travelling on a real adventure across the ocean really appealed to me!

I finally got to live the dream (a little) when I went travelling with my husband (then fiancée) about 7 years ago. We went on a trip through Halong Bay in Vietnam, and spent a night on a junk boat. It was all wooden and our cabin had a high wooden bed. We ate fish cooked straight from the sea, we glided past monolithic islands peppered with caves, and rowed a kayak over a jellyfish as big as mel. The next morning I was the first to wake up and I sat alone on the top deck – the mist was curling around the limestone karsts and I couldn’t hear anything apart from the low chugging of the engine propelling us onwards. Even the name ‘Halong Bay’ was perfect as it means ‘the bay of descending dragons’. I was in absolute heaven.

I wanted to get this magical feeling across on my layout, so I took several ideas from the Voyage of the Dawn Treader book.

First of all, there’s the part where the children are looking at a painting of a boat on the sea, and the painting comes to life and starts to escape the frame:

‘a great cold, salt splash had broken right out of the frame and they were breathless from the smack of it’.

So I used a Tando Creative ‘Sequin Waste’ mask to create some white circles spilling out from behind my photo and journaling areas. On the left of the page I used white acrylic paint, laying it on quite thickly so the circles blurred together, they look like underwater bubbles:


I used opaque white mist through the mask on the right of the page, to look more like sea spray:


I also remembered that Lucy has a sun on her dress in the book illustrations:


So I punched circles from some papers with a Martha Stewart Punch All Over The Page Pinking Circles punch, and tucked them in a few places. Finally, I used the mermaid background paper so the mermaid was at the bottom, as in the book their ship glides over some merpeople.

Halong Bay layout by Jennifer Grace

Writing this up makes me want to be back on that trip. One day we will go again. I’m good at waiting for things like that. We were suppossed to go to New Zealand on our trip then – it was the main part of the trip I was looking forward to – but we ran out of money and had to come home. We’ve still not been, and I know we won’t be able to go for at least 5 years more. But I don’t mind too much – as long as I can believe it will happen, and I have a rough idea when, then I can stand the wait. Good things come to those who wait.

Though I have to admit I’m not quite so patient when I’m waiting for new scrappy goodies to arrive!

Be Inspired:

Make a layout inspired by a book – I’ll be extra impressed if you use a detail from an illustration to inspire something

Write about a dream that has come true

Use one product in two different ways (for me it was the mask, but you could alter items, use a stamp in two different orientations/colours, etc

Remember that commenting on this post, and any other over this weekend, will count as an entry into the Grand Giveaway, but only if you’ve registered your interest in winning that prize right HERE!

See you again at 11am! x


Onwards and Upwards Counterfeit Kit

(This post is part of my Onwards and Upwards Blog Event)

This post is a relatively quick one, so if you are still hopping along the blog hop, then there’s not too much to distract you!

As I’m part of the current Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog Design Team, I thought it would be quite appropriate to create an Onwards and Upwards Counterfeit kit! Hopefully it will give you ideas for how you can dig through you stash and get crafting right now, along with me!

I based my kit on the Grand Giveaway Prize, can you see and similarities even though this is all older stash/handmade embellies?:

Onwards and Upwards Counterfeit Kit

The white sheet on the right with the stamped images on is an index of the stamps I have, that I thought went well with the kit.

I’m not going to list everything in this kit, instead I’m going to suggest things which you could grab from your stash to create a similar kit. You don’t have to make a big kit – it could just be a page kit or a kit for a couple of cards. Here’s some ideas:

– clouds – hot air balloons – stars – aeroplanes – birds – uplifting words/phrases – paper that makes you feel happy – travel  themed papers/embellishments – sparkles – feathers – sequins – butterflies – blue – pink – beige/cream –  

Onwards and Upwards Counterfeit Kit

Here’s how to make a journaling card like the one I created, which reads ‘a thousand places in any direction’:

1. Cut a piece of Simple Stories Sn@p paper or lined paper down to 3×4″. 2.  Stamp swirls, birds, and a hot air balloon, and colour the hot air balloon with promarkers. 3. Glue on words cut from an old book. 4. Paint the edges of the journaling card with black watercolour paint. Done!

The glitter tape is also handmade – the one with pink glitter on is some normal double-sided tape, and the one with blue glitter on is foam double-sided tape. The glitter stuck better on the foam tape, but I’m not sure whether that was because the foam was stickier, or whether the pink glitter was too tinsel-like to stick well!

If you create an Onwards and Upwards Counterfeit Kit remember you can link it in the ‘Challenge to be Inspired’!

Be Inspired:

Create a counterfeit kit along an Onwards and Upwards theme

Layer some stamped images and cut-out-words on a project

Make your own glitter tape

You’ll be seeing my counterfeit kit items on some projects this weekend!

Remember that commenting on this post, and any other over this weekend, will count as an entry into the Grand Giveaway, but only if you’ve registered your interest in winning that prize right HERE!

I hope you’re enjoying everything so far… see you again in an hour! x

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Counterfeit Kit Member’s Blog Hop

(Did you miss my giveaway? See it HERE!)

Today is the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Member’s Blog Hop for April! If you want to learn more about this you can head back to to the start at the CKCB HERE. If you are hopping along you should have arrived via the lovely Julie at Spend Less Craft More, and I shall send you onwards at the end of my post!

This is my layout based on the inspiration photo from Challenge #1

Hello Daffodils:

Hello Daffodils by Jennifer Grace

Everything is from my April Counterfeit Kit and Gold Add-On, except the sheet of green cardstock.

Here’s the inspiration photo…


I used the colour scheme and the fact that there’s more ‘white’ space on the left hand side.

This photo of my daughter in the yellow daffodils was perfect, as they look like the yellow flowers in the inspiration photo, and it gave me a great reason for a bold pop of yellow on my page:

Hello Daffodils by Jennifer Grace

I used one of my handmade tidbits, layered up with tags, a doily, and some word beads, to add lots of interest:

Hello Daffodils by Jennifer Grace

When the layout was very nearly finished I realised I hadn’t used any stamps, and I keep adding stamps to my kits because I want to use them more. So I stamped this pointing hand to start my journaling and I love it!

Hello Daffodils by Jennifer Grace

The journaling reads: ‘We were driving home from a car boot sale and I spotted this patch of daffodils. There were so many and they looked so bright and happy, I had to stop and take a photo of you in them. You were being very careful not to tread on any, but you didn’t want to leave – you wanted to play hide and seek in the trees!’

What do you think of the layout? It ended up quite busy-looking for my current style, but I kind of like it, and I’m pleased to have used the blue and red patterned paper at the top, which has been in my stash for ages!

Now you need to hop onwards to the wonderful Jemma at Just JimJams.

Here’s the full hop order in case you get lost:


Lisa H




Lisa E



You are here >>>>   Jennifer   <<<< You are here


Thanks for reading! x


Counterfeit Cards + Giveaway Winner!

I made these cards for a couple of birthdays last week, both using my April Counterfeit Kit and Add On.

I layered up the doilies on this one, I love how my handmade tidbit looks in the centre:

Jenny, today is your day by Jennifer Grace

The gold heart and sequins don’t show up very well on the below photo, but I assure you they looked luxurious in real life! This card was for my best friend Rosie, and she said her favourite bit about it was the strip of elephants at the top:

Birthday Wishes Rosie by Jennifer Grace

I also made her a few handmade presents, though I didn’t photograph them all. I decorated a mug for her, and added some buttons to some hair pins and paperclips following this tutorial – it’s something I’m definitely going to do more of, as it was so quick and helped me use up some of my gigantic button stash!

I also made her this Bunny Rabbit Pendant using Frosted Shrinkles and some pro-markers:

Shrinkles Bunny Necklace by Jennifer Grace

Sadly one of Rosie’s bunny rabbits died the next day, after a fox got in to her garden. I hope the necklace helps her remember her lovely Bertie bunny 😦

And now to announce the winner of the giveaway I held to celebrate this new blog…

Corina Thorne!

Corina you are the lucky winner, I’ve sent you an email! Sorry to those who didn’t win, but don’t despair… there will be another giveaway towards the end of this week.

Bye for now, x

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Nothing but Stickers CKC Challenge

Hello! It’s time for the April challenge #2 at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog, and this time it’s ‘Nothin’ but Stickers’. Use only stickers as embellishments on a project!

I did struggle a bit with this one at first, but the more I played around with it the more I enjoyed myself…

Your Smile Makes My Heart Fly:

Your Smile by Jennifer Grace

Everything is from my April Counterfeit Kit and Add On. I used a lot of Echo Park Everyday Eclectic stickers, and the borders are from Crate Paper Storyteller.

I promise the puffy gold stars are also stickers (make unknown) so I didn’t cheat! The little black stars were punched from the American Crafts adhesive chalk labels, which was a fun way of making stickers in the shape I wanted!

Your Smile by Jennifer Grace

I decided on a long title to fill the page up with more stickers! I always have lots of alphas in my kits that I barely make a dent in, so it was good to get lots on one page:

Your Smile by Jennifer Grace

What do you think? Have you got a lot of stickers sitting around in your stash? You are allowed to pop them up with foam dots so your project isn’t all flat! What’s your oldest sticker in your stash? I have some silver Anita’s outline stickers still hanging around… maybe on the next project!

Don’t forget to check out the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog to see what other sticker-filled projects the team have been making! x


Gold Ruffle Trim & Handmade Tidbits

Today I’m going to tell you some more details about the handmade embellishments in my April Counterfeit Kit:

Gold Ruffle Trim and Handmade Tidbits

Starting with the Gold Ruffle Trim!

Here’s how to make your own…

Step 1: Get some gold balloon ribbon, and cut 60 pieces of ribbon at 4″ long.

gold trim 1

Step 2: Cut a piece of yellow (or gold if you have it) cardstock to 6″ long by  deep. Put some removable double-sided tape along on side of the cardstock, and stick the ribbon lengths all the way along it:

gold trim 2

Step 3: Once you’ve filled up the cardstock, put some more removable tape on top of the ribbon, and repeat step 2, so that you have a double layer of ribbons. Then machine stitch along the top edge, through the cardstock and both layers of ribbon, to make sure the ribbons won’t come off. If you don’t have a sewing machine to use on this, then you could try using a stronger (non-removable) adhesive on the previous steps and just hope it stays stuck, or you could handstitch it:

gold trim 3

Step 4: Use some scissors to curl the balloon ribbon. You hold a piece of ribbon between your thumb and one blade of scissors, pulling the scissors along the length of the ribbon. Make sure you keep the ribbon between your thumb and the blade so you don’t cut yourself (you can also use scissors that aren’t too sharp – I used my daughter’s kid scissors):

gold trim 4

That’s it! Your ruffle trim is curly and ready to add to a project:

gold trim finished

Next up are my Handmade Tidbits. I loved the Elle’s Studio Day to Day Tidbits in the Gossamer Blue kit that we were counterfeiting, in fact I loved them so much that I’d already bought myself a pack and used them all up! So I’ve tried to make some of my own with the same kind of feel.

First I used my Slice Design Cutter to cut 6 circles 1½” in diameter out of paper scraps:


The I decorated them! I didn’t take photos of all the processes, I’ll just let you know what I did on each circle!


From left to right:

Circle 1 – I stamped ‘the story’ onto cream cardstock using some Studio G alpha stamps and grey ink, stuck this onto the centre of the circle, and then machine stitched a black border all around.

Circle 2 – I put some My Mind’s Eye All is Bright washi tape across the middle of the circle, and then some Glitz ‘choose happiness’ tape on top of that, trimmed off the edges of the tape to match the circle, and then inked the circle edges with gold ink.

Circle 3 – I used a foam number 5 stamp and grey ink to stamp on the circle, and inked the circle edges with the same ink.

Circle 4 – I stamped ‘today’ onto cream cardstock using a different set of Studio G alpha stamps, and the same grey ink, then I cut the cardstock into a banner flag shape, sticking it onto the circle before trimming the top edge, then I machine stitched a border around the banner using dark yellow thread.

Circle 5 – I heat embossed an Elle’s Studio Day to Day ‘Right Here’ stamp onto the centre of the circle, using American Crafts Gold Glitter Zing Powder, and then distressed the edges of the circle with gold ink.

Circle 6 – I punched a Martha Stewart Vintage Doily shape from cream cardstock, adhered it to the centre of the circle, and then filled the holes with crystal Stickles.

I can’t wait to add these to my projects!

Finally there’s my Crocheted Flower:

crochet flower

Which I won’t do a tutorial for, as I totally just followed this tutorial at Little Birdie Secrets! I used Anchor Artiste Metallic Gold Crochet Thread, which I also put into my gold add on kit, in case I want to crochet any more!

I hope something here has inspired you today! Which of my handmade embellishments would you be most likely to use on a project? x